Spooky sto­ries from here at home

Come with us to More­ton’s Har­bour’s haunted man­sion

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Up through a dirt path and brushes of au­tumn leaves, perched upon a hill in the out­port of More­ton’s Har­bour, sits a prop­erty with a long-stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion of haunt­ings and para­nor­mal phe­nom­ena.

Hid­den away on the trail that was once the main road through More­ton’s Har­bour, the Me­mo­rial Methodist Par­son­age was first con­structed in 1924. The many roomed man­sion was used as a home for the Methodist church’s min­is­ter up un­til the 1960s. Then, a new par­son­age was con­structed and the man­sion went up for sale.

Grow­ing up in More­ton’s Har­bour dur­ing this pe­riod, Chris Os­mond says the ru­mours of haunt­ings at the hill­top man­sion were al­ways passed around the com­mu­nity. Whis­pered

words from un­seen voices and blasts of noise from empty rooms were com­monly re­ported ru­mours.

Os­mond’s un­cle Doug had pur­chased the home when it was up for sale, and it has seen been passed down to him. Os­mond doesn’t let the sup­posed risk of ghostly en­coun­ters get to him, and he says he still uses the house as a get­away a few times each year.

De­spite the many times Os­mond has resided at the prop­erty, he has had only one odd ex­pe­ri­ence that stands out for him. Once, when pre­par­ing to leave, Os­mond heard a voice call his name from the sur­round­ing woods. He had thought it was a woman who tended to a neigh­bour­ing veg­etable gar­den, but when he wan­dered over to see her the gar­den was empty and de­serted.

“I could swear I heard the faint sound of some­one call­ing my name,” Os­mond rec­ol­lected. “I called out and called out but no one was there.”

The man­sion has also earned a rep­u­ta­tion as a sum­mer res­i­dence for bats. The bats make a home of the at­tic and Os­mond has spent the past 10 years try­ing to find a way to block them out. “When they leave for

the fall I’m al­ways go­ing around and try­ing to block any pas­sages for them to get in,” he said. “It’s been 10 years I’ve been try­ing to get rid of them, but some­how they al­ways find a way to get back in here.”

Os­mond even built a bat house out­side the prop­erty in hopes of lur­ing them there. How­ever, the bats al­ways find there is no spot co­zier than the man­sion at­tic. He has since sealed the fire­place shut to pre­vent the bats from fly­ing into the main floor and dis­turb­ing guests.

Leg­end

Os­mond says much of the house’s rep­u­ta­tion is traced to an un­marked burial. The spe­cific lo­ca­tion of the burial re­mains un­known, but leg­end places it in the sur­round­ing woods of the man­sion.

“There was a plot of land be­yond the hill, owned by my great-grand­fa­ther, that had been given to the Methodist church for a ceme­tery,” said Os­mond. “It was never used, but one lady was buried there. They had no fence, no grave­stone or noth­ing to mark it. Peo­ple say that’s why the place has so much trou­ble.”

Even when he was a boy, Os­mond was told by his mother that when he took the back­roads to keep in mind that the woman was buried some­where out there, in the woods be­yond the man­sion.

While it’s a home en­cir­cled with omens and ru­moured haunt­ings, Os­mond main­tains his skep­ti­cism, keep­ing his man­sion as a peace­ful get­away and a good story to scare friends and rel­a­tives.

Given its eerie rep­u­ta­tion, Os­mond says rel­a­tives are of­ten hes­i­tant to spend a night at the prop­erty when they visit.

KYLE GREENHAM — THE CEN­TRAL VOICE

This study room within the Me­mo­rial Methodist Par­son­age was once de­tailed by New­found­land and Labrador au­thor Ed Smith. Smith de­scribed hav­ing a quaint meet­ing in the study room that was sud­denly in­ter­rupted by dis­rup­tive noise from the kitchen. When Smith went to in­ves­ti­gate, those in the kitchen said they heard the racket of noise com­ing from within the study.

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